The Ministry of Health is one of a number of agencies providing support and services for disabled people. Some Pasifika provider organisations offer services for Pasifika who have a disability, and have services specifically for Pasifika.
Faiva Ora – National Pasifika Disability Plan
Faiva Ora: National Pasifika Disability Plan 2014–2016 sets priorities to support Pasifika disabled people and their families to have a good life. Faiva Ora aims to improve services for Pasifika disabled people and their family members and carers, and to enhance the capability of the workforce to address their needs.
The plan was developed and is being implemented in partnership with the Faiva Ora Leadership Group, Pasifika disabled people and communities, disability support services and government agencies.
Services for Pasifika disabled people
The Ministry of Health is committed to working with the health and disability sector to improve Pacific peoples’ health outcomes and reduce inequalities experienced by Pacific peoples.
The Ministry of Health funds a range of disability support services for people (mostly aged under 65 years) who have been assessed as having a physical, intellectual or sensory disability (or combination of these) that is likely to continue for a minimum of 6 months; resulting in a reduction of independent function; and that require ongoing support. Some of these services are offered by Pasifika providers or other organisations offering services specifically for Pasifika disabled people.
Several key documents set out the specific needs and requirements of Pasifika disabled people who use health and disability services.
- ‘Ala Mo‘ui: Pathways to Pacific Health and Wellbeing 2014–2018
- Your guide to Disability Support Services (English, Samoan, Cook Islands, Tongan, Fijian, Niuean and Tokelauan languages)
- Cultural competency in disability
- Words Matter: Disability (available in Samoan, Tongan and Cook Islands each with English translations)
- Organisational Guidelines for Disability Support Services: Working with Pasifika People with Disabilities and their Families